Guam Statehood Task Force

 

CHAIRMAN:

EDWARD R. DUENAS is a retired Guam senator and former Adjutant General of the Guam National Guard. He served for nine consecutive terms (18 years)in the Guam Legislature before he was appointed to command the Guard in 1992.

As a member of the Republican majority in his first four terms as a law-maker, he chaired a committee that had oversight on Youth and Senior Citizens, Federal-Territorial Relations, and Military and Veterans Affairs. Among his many major legislation enacted into law were the creation of the Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Military Affairs and the Division of Senior Citizens in the Department of Public Health and Social Services.

In a move to enhance greater cooperation and mutual support among the various island governments in Micronesia, he spearheaded the establishment of the Association of Pacific Islands Legislatures (APIL) in 1980 and also became its founding president for three years. Its initial member nations included Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk, Yap, Ponape, Kosrae), Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Belau. Several years later, two other members -- the State of Hawaii and American Samoa -- joined the association.

With a strong passion to see Guam achieve greater political status, he authored the law that initially created the Guam Commission on Self-Determination which conducted the 1982 plebiscite on self-determination. That set the pace for a closer union with the U.S. and a formal request to be a U.S. Commonwealth. A number of legislation seeking that status had been introduced in Congress by the Guam Delegate but it got bogged down in the neogiations between the federal representatives and the Guam commission.

A long-time proponent for Guam's full integration in the Union of States, he is now the chairman of the Guam Statehood Task Force advocating statehood in the coming self-determination plebisicite.

In July 1981, the Guam National Guard was officially established. With prior service in the U.S. Army, he joined the unit and earned a direct commission as a major in the Army Guard in 1982. Now a full colonel and having served three years as the second in command, he was appointed the Adjutant General in 1992 by then Gov. Joseph F. Ada and served for over two years in that position. He retired from Gov-Guam service in 1995 upon completion of his Guard tour of duty.

Before becoming a lawmaker, he served as press secretary to the late Gov. Carlos G. Camacho. He is a graduate of Marquette University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

VICE CHAIRMAN:

ELOY P. HARA, a Navy retiree, retired recently from Gov-Guam after serving as administrator of Guam Memorial Hospital. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Guam Civil Service Commission for six years and deputy manager for administration of the Guam Power Authority.

He graduated from East Texas State University, with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and an Associate of Arts degree in Computer Science and Accounting.

MEMBERS: (Original supporters since 1998)

Dr. Judith Guthertz ... Dr. Ronald McNinch ... +Edward R. Chanco (President, Guam Statehood Organization) ... Atty. Ronald Aguon ... +Gloria C. Nelson ... Joseph Mendiola ... Therese Blas ... Fred Santiago ... Frank Toves ... Armando Dominquez ... +Dr. Eddie Del Rosario ... Former Sen. Doris Flores Brooks ... James Brooks ... +Oleh Vitosvitsky ... Ed Dunn ... John Gilliam ... +Manuel Diaz ... Former Sen. Franklin Gutierrez ... +Lourdes Leon Guerrero ... +Ann S.A. San Nicolas ... Atty. Robert Torres ... Frances Blas ... +Cecilia Heidegger ... Monte Mesa ... +Juanita P. Calvo ... Tony Calvo ... Fe Duenas... Sen. Tom Ada ... Former Sen. Benigno Palomo ... Scholastica B. Rivera ... Ben N. Rivera ... Angel Llagas ... Joe Nanguacta ... +Teresita Unpingco ... +Segundo Aguon ... +Edwina Jose ... Rolly Zabala ... Marilyn Tablante ... Ignacio (Ike) Santos ... Tom Unsiog ... Rosalin Bamba ... Juanita Castro ... Peter S. Calvo... +Ronald Teehan ... Betsie Teerhan ... Felix Sablan ... Dona Sablan ... Barbara Mendiola ... +Enrique Losongco.  (+ denotes deceased)